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10 arrested over metal thefts

Ten people have been arrested after a series of raids at scrap metal yards across London.

More than one hundred memorial plaques, stolen from churches and crematoriums, were seized in the raids.

Around forty of them were discovered in a yard in South West London.

The owner of that yard, and an employee, have been charged.

Police say there are around one hundred metal thefts in the capital every week.


Protesters arrested

Eleven people have been arrested after a day of protest in London saw anti-capitalists from the Occupy movement pitch tents outside the Bank of England.

The arrests were made for public order offences linked to the demonstrations, leading to around 10 tents being set up, City of London Police said.

The protest by around 300 demonstrators was part of a global day of action which also took place in cities including New York, Athens and Madrid.

Gang suspects arrested

Eight suspected priority gang members, aged between 16 and 24 years old, were arrested this morning, in a series of dawn raids.

Crack cocaine, a cannabis factory and an air pistol were just some of the items seized by Met officers at properties in Westminster and Brent.

Those being held are suspected of involvement in a series of crimes, including assault, robbery, drug supply and looting in the disorder last August.

23 arrests made during "largely peaceful" evictions

City of London police, who were supported by the Met, said 23 arrests were made during the "largely peaceful" eviction as bailiffs from City of London Corporation removed tents and equipment from outside St Paul's last night.

The action was taken five days after Occupy London was refused permission by the Court of Appeal to challenge orders evicting protesters.

Stuart Fraser, policy chairman of the City of London Corporation, said: "It is regrettable that it had to come to the need for removal but the High Court judgment speaks for itself. The site has now been cleared and the area is undergoing a deep clean."